February 17, 2012

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Amy Winehouse Drew a Self-Portrait in Her Own Blood

Peter Macdiarmid
Peter Macdiarmid

Amy Winehouse, the British soul singer who died last year at the age of 27 as the result of an extraordinarily high blood alcohol level, has apparently left the world with another gift (beyond her posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures): a self-portrait that she drew in her own blood, at least partially while on the phone with her dad.

The self-portrait will be exhibited by Winehouse's longtime friend Pete Doherty, who was the lead singer of wildly successful UK guitar band The Libertines before descending into a very public drug addiction and dating supermodel Kate Moss. He's now the lead singer of the band Babyshambles. Doherty's art show will open at a gallery in London next week and will be called "On Blood: A Portrait of the Artist," and will also feature pieces from Doherty's eight-year-old son and actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg.

In an interview about the show, Doherty said that Winehouse's dad didn't approve of her painting in her own blood: "She was on the phone with her dad when she did that. She said, 'Dad, I'm with Pete and he's making me draw with my blood!' He didn't like me much, her dad," Doherty continued. Yeah, we bet.

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